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his book, "what it takes." in the book mr. cramer profiled the presidential election, george h. w. bush, robert dole, gary hart, richard gephardt, joseph biden and michael dukakis. mr. cramer died this past monday at the age of 62. this is about an hour. c-span: richard ben cramer, in your book "what it takes: the way to the white house." is there any one thing that was a thread through the six candidates that you followed that would tell you what it takes? >> guest: i think there was, although i didn't set out to write a paradigm of a presidential candidate. there were some similarities, and, alas, similarities in the stories of their campaigns. i found out that the title what it takes is kind of a double-edged sword because all of them start out thinking they have what it takes, but in the end they find out what it takes from them, and what it takes is that whole life that brought them to the point they could be candidates in the first place. c-span: when did you start this book? >> guest: the middle of 1986 is when i wrote the proposal. i was out there working by the end of '86
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